Preaching for Christ
God has been abundantly gracious to us! What a privilege it is to be able to open the word of God and proclaim the rich truths found therein. Over the months of August through January, God opened the door for us to be in a number of churches across Montana and Idaho. God was glorified as we saw Him working in the hearts of His people in each place we were able to go. What a tremendous encouragement it was to us to be with pastors all across this region who are faithfully preaching the Word of the Lord! Truly He is working in the northwest and we are excited to see what lies in store in the days ahead!
Beartooth Baptist Youth Conference
The Lord opened the door for us to be a part of the Beartooth Baptist Youth Conference in Laurel, Montana. What a joy it was to preach to young men and young ladies with a hunger for the Word of God. There was a great deal of fun that took place at this conference, but the main focus was the preaching! With four messages in less than 18 hours, broken up by Bible quizzing, these young people were saturated with the Bible. We are excited to see how God is going to use the decisions that were made in this conference to impact the world for Christ!
Thank You for Praying
Truly, God has heard your prayers. We are thankful for the doors God has opened for us to preach the Gospel across the northwest. We are grateful for every opportunity the Lord provides for us to stand behind a sacred desk and open His Word. As we have traveled, we have seen small glimpses of revival in the heart of His people. I believe whole heartedly that we are on the cusp of a great revival! Please continue to pray that as we travel and preach, hearts will be open, Christians will be encouraged, the lost will be saved, and God will be glorified!
Off By A Degree
Recently I was installing some crown molding on top of some cabinets and as I went to attach two of the pieces together I found that one of the pieces of molding had been cut a little off, thus causing the two ends not to line up perfectly. This was a big deal as this was a corner that would be seen every time someone entered or exited the kitchen. Over the course of the next hour, I cut various pieces of crown molding trying to find the perfect angle to match the piece that had already been cut and attached to the cabinet. After a great deal of frustration and numerous walks back out to the saw, I finally found the right angle. The original piece was only one degree off, but that one degree was enough to cause a lot of problems on the job.
One degree doesn't seem like that big of a deal. When talking about temperature, often you can't really tell the difference that one degree makes. That is unless you are talking about the temperature of boiling water. At 211 degrees you have very hot water, but it's at 212 degrees that's when water begins to boil and then its uses are numerous!
In the Christian life it is easy to find yourself off by one degree. It may seem to be just one time that we miss our devotions. It may just be one sin that we are excusing. It may just be one little area of compromise. And while one little degree may not seem like that big of a deal, it can be the difference between a life that is able to be used by God and a life that finds itself in the snare of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are commanded by God in Ephesians 5:15 to "walk circumspectly," meaning to be looking around. The devil is always looking for an opportunity to get a foothold in the life of the Christian and if we are not being a 360 degree Christian, if we lose focus by just a degree or two, a life that could have been used for God's glory could turn into a disaster.
May we pray as the Psalmist did in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." God will point out the areas in our life that may have been off just by a degree, so we can make and keep things right, and have sweet fellowship with Him!